Jessie SUMNER, Congress, IL (1898-1994)


SUMNER, Jessie, a Representative from Illinois; born in Milford, Iroquois County, Ill., July 17, 1898; attended the public schools; was graduated from Girton School, Winnetka, Ill., in 1916 and Smith College, Northampton, Mass., in 1920; studied law at the University of Chicago, Columbia University, New York City, and Oxford University, England; also studied briefly at the University of Wisconsin at Madison and New York University School of Commerce in New York City; was admitted to the bar in 1923 and practiced in Chicago, Ill.; employed at the Chase National Bank in New York City in 1928; returned to Milford, Ill., in 1932 and resumed the practice of law; served as county judge of Iroquois County, Ill., in 1937; director of Sumner National Bank, Sheldon, Ill.; elected as a Republican to the Seventy-sixth and to the three succeeding Congresses (January 3, 1939-January 3, 1947); was not a candidate for renomination in 1946; resumed position as vice president, 1938-1966, and president, 1966-1994, of Sumner National Bank; was a resident of Milford, Ill., until her death in Watseka, Ill., on August 10, 1994.


âJessie Sumnerâ in Women in Congress, 1917-2006. Prepared under the direction of the Committee on House Administration by the Office of History & Preservation, U. S. House of Representatives. Washington: Government Printing Office, 2006.

Source: Biographical Directory of the United States Congress, 1771-Present